BY Chiemelie Ezeobi
The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command at the weekend arrested a 22-year-old motherÂ
Miss. Onyinyechi Osoneye, and five others for selling her day old baby for N850,000.
Others arrested were one Mrs. Glory Ehinmi of Peninsula Hospital, Ikota, Lekki â€“ Ajah Expressway; 45-year-old Mrs. Prisca Okocha, the owner of Peculiar Hospital, Orile; 59-year-old Mrs. Regina Anyanwu, who was the link to the final buyers, Mr. and Mrs. Ike Nwata.
Â Osoneye was picked up by the RRS Decoy Team after intelligence report indicated she sold the baby to the Nwataâ€™s through a link.
THISDAY gathered that when Osoneye found out that she was pregnant, she connived with her mother, by concealing the pregnancy from her father due to his strict position about children born out of wedlock.
It was further revealed that the duo had no choice but to tow the path of non-disclosure given that the man who impregnated Osoneye denied responsibility.Â
On her due date, Osoneye was admitted to Peninsula Hospital, Ikota, Lekki â€“ Ajah Expressway, where Ehinmi, delivered her of a baby boy on March 1, 2017.
Â According to the police, when OsoneyeÂ was arrested, she first declined to open up about the deal, but on further interrogation, she disclosed that Ehinmi took the baby from her at the point of delivery.
She further disclosed that Ehinmi gave the baby to Okocha, who offered them Â N250,000 as compensation.
Police investigation also revealed thatÂ
Okocha thereafter contacted Anyanwu, who subsequently brought the final buyers; the Nwatas.Â
When interrogated, Okocha confessed to investigators that she sold the baby for N850,000 but gave the mother N250,000.
It was further learnt that the couple who were desperately in need of a child, had organised a huge party to celebrate the babyâ€™s arrival.
Nwata was reported to have stayed away from their residence while the search for the baby lasted, adding that on some occasions, she went there, Â pretending to be pregnant.
Also, Ehinmi, who confessed to the role she played, said she only did Osoneye a favour by taking the child and giving it to a couple who were in dire need of a baby, adding that she spent a lot byÂ
enrolling her for antenatal and fed her till she was delivered of the baby.
Efforts to arrest the man who impregnated Osoneye, her mother and father proved abortive as they were reported to be on the run.
The baby has been handed over to the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs while the five suspects have been transferred to Gender Office, State Headquarters, Ikeja for further investigation.